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Saturday, Apr 05 2014 06:23 PM

PHOTO GALLERY: Scottish heritage comes alive at festival

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Rich Wilson of Bakersfield takes his turn in Saturday's stone toss competition at the Kern County Fairgrounds during the 19th annual Scottish Games and Gathering.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Many came out Saturday to attend the annual Scottish Games at the fairgrounds.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Some of the spectators, including this one, kept warm while watching the stone tossing competition Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds during the annual Scottish Games and Gathering.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    On a cool Saturday morning, many took the time to set up their booths and areas where they would spend the day Saturday during the 19th annual Kern County Scottish Games and Gathering.

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    By Casey Christei / The Californian

    Many were camping out and staying warm and dry in their tents during the annual Kern County Scottish Games and Gathering.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Michel Olson makes his way around the fairgrounds Saturday on his penny farthing bicycle during the 19th annual Kern County Scottish Games and Gathering. Olson is part of the Gypsy Time Travelers and puts on a good show for the general public.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Members of the Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums, including piper Mark Little, foreground, warm up for the opening ceremony of Saturday's annual Scottish Games at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

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    By Casey Christie/ The Californian

    You could hear the bagpipes playing at the Scottish gathering at the Kern County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Fresno-based Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums drummer Tom Yarbrough keeps time with the group Saturday during the annual Scottish Games.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    A drummer with the Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes puts on a good show for the crowd Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds during the annual Scottish Games and Gathering.

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    By Casey Christie/ The Californian

    There were lots of kilts at the Scottish Gathering and Games on Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Torsten Hulsemann of Germany competes in Saturday's stone toss event at the 19th annual Scottish Games and Gathering at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Hulsemann is the current world record holder in the 22 lb. stone toss event in the under 200 pound weight class. He was in the United States on vacation staying with fellow competitor Rich Wilson of Bakersfield.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Kristi Wood and Marty Brownfield.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Janelli Cordle, left, Keith and Madeline Silvas.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Sue and Tom Lambie.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    John and Sherrilyn McKendry.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Mickey Rivers, left, Becky Reagle and Cecilia Noonkester.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Regina Hoelscher, left, Karen Sessions, Sue Richard and Loni O'Donley.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Heather Ferguson and Cody Ferguson.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Jeremy Bertrand and Arianna Sepeda.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Hetty and Bryan Wilkinson.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Bailey and Jennifer Carmona.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

From the bagpipes to the caber toss, the 19th annual Kern County Scottish Games & Gathering was a celebration of culture and community.

The Kern County Scottish Society event held at the Kern County Fairgrounds included food, live music, dancing and of course the traditional games, put on by Scottish Heavy Athletics.

Californian photographer Casey Christie shares these images from the day.

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